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Randy's Thought of the Day - 3/27/2013

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 1:15 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

It’s impossible to know what stretch of the Sharks season will end up being the most important to their playoff hopes.  Maybe it was the 7 game winning streak at the beginning of the year that gave them a cushion?  Or it could come down to the final two games of the season on the road in Phoenix and LA.  But the next 4 home games against Anaheim, Detroit, Phoenix and Vancouver will certainly tell us a lot about where the team is heading and perhaps where some individual players are or are not heading.

The NHL trade deadline is a week from today.  As of this morning the Sharks are in a playoff spot, 8th in the West. If the next 4 games go well they’ll be in good shape at the deadline.  If things go sideways they could fall out of the top 8 in a hurry.

I’m not required to provide “keys to the game”.  That duty is left for far more advanced hockey minds than mine. (Remenda, Baker, Hedican, Brown)  But these are MY Great White Bites, so here are my keys to victory tonight against Anaheim.

Urgency and focus.

It was great that the Sharks broke out against Anaheim Monday and scored 5 goals. But it’s hardly time to start feeling comfortable.  I’m guessing the Ducks are going to be in a snarly mood tonight and the Sharks have to match that with urgency from the first drop of the puck.

And then there’s the issue of focus.  When things have gone bad for the Sharks it’s usually been a loss of focus/composure over a 2 or 3-minute stretch that sees the game get away from them.  They overcame some adversity within that game Monday and settled down to close it out.  That needs to happen again tonight.

I’m Randy Hahn.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 NSH 22 15 5 2 62 45 32
3 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 24 14 8 2 75 64 30
6 LAK 23 12 6 5 64 53 29
7 CHI 22 13 8 1 66 46 27
8 WPG 24 12 9 3 51 54 27
9 MIN 21 12 9 0 58 48 24
10 SJS 24 10 10 4 62 66 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
13 COL 23 8 10 5 59 73 21
14 EDM 23 6 14 3 51 78 15

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 24 7 13 1 20
J. Pavelski 24 9 10 3 19
L. Couture 24 8 11 -1 19
B. Burns 24 7 12 -7 19
P. Marleau 24 6 12 -5 18
T. Wingels 24 6 5 -3 11
T. Hertl 24 4 6 -1 10
M. Nieto 23 1 6 -1 7
J. Braun 24 0 7 8 7
M. Vlasic 24 2 4 10 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 2 2 1 .925 2.38
A. Niemi 7 7 3 .917 2.49
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